It has been quite a long time since I have updated this journal, let alone this website. But tonight I find myself with little to do and this affords me with a good opportunity to do some quality updating.
So, let us recap what has transpired in the past little while.
Well, for one, merry christmas everyone. Mine went quite well, went back to hamilton, saw some family and some friends. I just recently came back up to Guelph to throw my quasi-annual seasonal party. Normally I have it at new years, but this year scheduling conflicts arose. Just as well, I found out tonight I have to work New Years at VG's, so I shall be tragically unable to attend the big party I was hoping to visit.
But oh well, life goes on.
Speaking of life going on, still no real word on my dads surgery. They expect it to take place some time in the next couple weeks, and then he will be out of comission until June. Which sucks for pretty much everyone, especially since we had been planning to ski the BC interior in Febuary. But hopefully he'll be up and running for next year, and hopefully I'll get some skiing in on the side.
I have not done much this break in a musical sense, I am sad to say. I've tried to make some new songs, but nothing is really comming together. To make matters worse, my recording equipment is being problematic. For reasons beyond my comprehension it records my voice about 3% slower than it should, so not only are the vocals out of sync with the guitars, but the slower speed makes me sound like a bad Barry White impersonator. Hopefully I can get that fixed soon and do some more recording.
I think I will take a moment now to comment on the shootings that occured in downtown toronto on boxing day. Now this wasnt the first shootout and it wasnt the worst, but I predict it will get the most media attention, a face has been attached to gun violence in toronto, a symbol to rally behind, the face of the 15 year old girl who was shot while shopping downtown. I was more than a little shaken by this event, because the area where it happened is one where any number of people I care about could have been at the wrong time on the 26th and ended up in a body bag themselves. Makeda lives about 5 minutes from there, for example, and Ben was shopping at the HMV about 20 minutes before the fighting started. Scary. And although nothing concrete has been proven as of yet, I feel comfortable attributing this event to gang violence. On the list of maybe 10 things in the world which I hate, gangs is up there. I am not in the mood to make a clever line about why they are the worst example of inhuman nature, so I'll just leave it at that. And until I am presented with an opportunity to somehow help prevent this kind of thing from happening, all I can do is hope that no one I love gets caught in the crossfire of any further violence.
Hear that sound? It's me knocking on wood.
Anyway, moving on. What else is new in the world? Oh yes the election. What can I say about the election.
Paul Martin bores me, Jack Layton intrigues me, and Stephen Harper just plain frightens me. Jim Harris makes good points but I can't help but wish he would stop drawing votes away from the other parties. As usual I find myself in a voting position based on my phobia of conservatives gaining federal power, so my loyalties flip flop between the Liberals, who I consider the best chance at blocking steven harper, and the NDP, who I prefer on an ideological basis. I'd be happy to see another minority government with the liberals backed by the NDP, Layton was able to exert a surprising amount of influence over them in the last government. But most of all, I wish to see Steven Harper as far away from 24 Sussex Drive as humanly possible.
Well, I do believe I am going to hit the hay pretty soon. I have a big day tomorrow.
I shall do my best to update more frequently and make some new songs in the near future.